The events listed here are organised and hosted either within the framework of the CIVITAS PROSPERITY project or of other projects for practitioners, policy-makers and those with an interest in sustainable urban mobility and planning

CIVITAS PROSPERITY - National SUMP Training for Romanian Cities

Brasov, Romania 23 April - 27 April 2018

SUMP training for Romanian cities/municipalities or city-owned companies.

Training topics:

  • Adopting the SUMP approach for small and mid sizes cities
  • Communication and stakeholder involvement of the new SUMP - measures
  • Urban Transport Roadmaps tool
  • Use of public space

The training is free of charge!

Travel and subsistence of the selected trainees is covered by the CIVITAS PROSPERITY project.

Language: Romanian with English interpretation due to the presence of foreign experts.

Download here the invitation to the training in Romanian language.

For more information, please visit the Training & Learning section of the CIVITAS PROSPERITY website.

CIVITAS PROSPERITY is providing a total of nine training events in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania and a joint training in Slovenia and Croatia. You can find here more information about the upcoming national training events and practical information.

European Transport Research Arena 2018 in Vienna – A digital era for transport

Vienna, Austria 16 April - 19 April 2018

The Transport Research Arena 2018 (TRA) is an arena for researchers, companies, and public authorities active in the field of transport. It welcomes policy makers and stakeholders framing research and transport policy. Togehter they will share and discuss new ideas, research results, technological solutions and new business models. Together they will experience and shape the future of transport and mobility for people and goods.

The Transport Research Arena 2018 (TRA) is an arena for researchers, companies, and public authorities active in the field of transport. It welcomes policy makers and stakeholders framing research and transport policy. Togehter they will share and discuss new ideas, research results, technological solutions and new business models. Together they will experience and shape the future of transport and mobility for people and goods. Key focus areas will be:

  • How digitalisation is transforming transport & mobility systems
  • Decarbonisation & future growth – how to change our mobility system & remain competitive
  • Shaping the new mobility landscape – a vision for transport & mobility for Europe

The TRA 2018 programme includes a range of different session formats that will offer ample opportunity to share information on recent findings and to discuss the aforementioned challenges and opportunities. In scientific and technical sessions, a broad spectrum of research and innovation activities will be discussed, ranging from basic research findings over application-oriented engineering and socio-economic aspects to policies and standards.

TRA is THE European research and technology biennial conference on transport and mobility. After a decade of successful editions around Europe (2006 Göteborg, Sweden; 2008 Ljubljana, Slovenia; 2010 Brussels, Belgium; 2012 Athens, Greece; 2014 Paris, France; and 2016 Warsaw, Poland), the 7th TRA will take place in Vienna from 16 to 19 April 2018.

Digitalisation and decarbonisation are high on the agenda of TRA 2018 and will be reflected throughout the conference, as the key dimensions expected to overhaul the transport system for all stakeholders. An important aim of TRA 2018 will be to imagine, sketch and investigate scenarios where ground-breaking digital and low-carbon technologies are deployed and impact on people, the transport system and the environment as we know it will be discussed.

TRA 2018 will combine the new challenges of mobility and logistics with still open questions of transport and infrastructure and will cover all modes of transport: road, rail, waterborne, aviation as well as cross-modality. Passenger and freight transport in urban, inter-urban and long distance settings will be considered. For the first time all modes will be integrated to achieve a comprehensive, seamless transport system. While presenting the most advanced research, the latest technological and industrial breakthroughs as well as future policies for Europe and beyond, TRA 2018 is conceived and designed as an “arena”, where the interplay across the entire spectrum of transport stakeholders facilitates open discussion and exchanges and offers a unique occasion to showcase European and international cutting edge transport research and innovation.

For more information, please visit the conference website

SAVE THE DATE - 5th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans

Nicosia, Cyprus 14-15 May 2018

Registration has just opened for the European Commission's 5th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) on 14-15 May in Nicosia, Cyprus. This is Europe's leading annual event for all those involved in putting the SUMP concept into practice. It serves as a forum for policy makers and academics across Europe to network, debate key issues and exchange ideas on sustainable urban mobility planning. Attendance is free of charge.

In line with the European Commission having dedicated the year 2018 to the promotion of multimodality, the theme of this year's conference is multimodality, with a focus on the integration of transport modes and combined mobility solutions for passengers and freight in cities and regions.

The conference is co-funded by the European Commission in cooperation with the Municipality of Nicosia and the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works of the Republic of Cyprus.

European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc will address the opening plenary session.

Representatives of local and regional authorities, policy makers, urban mobility planners, academics and other urban mobility professionals are especially welcome.

The conference will be held in a city that offers a unique blend of history and modern lifestyle. Nicosia's versatile inner-city architecture from different eras—Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, Ottoman—provides a stage for vibrant, contemporary city life.

Last year's European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in Dubrovnik, which was organised by CIVITAS PROSPERITY, attracted 450 participants.


You can register here

Conference updates will be published on Draft programme to follow.

In case you wish to present an example of good practice or request further information, please contact Ralf Tinga at

2017 Annual Polis Conference

Brussels, Belgium 06 - 07 December 2017

This year's Annual Polis Conference on "Transport innovation for sustainable cities and regions" will take place on 6 and 7 December 2017 in Brussels. The Conference provides a unique opportunity for your organisation to connect with up to 500 committed transport innovation professionals who work in local and regional governments and related public and private sector organisations.

The opening and closing plenary sessions focus on the European, urban and regional policy dimensions of a sustainable urban and regional transport system. High level speakers and panellists in recent Polis conferences included for example Christophe Najdovski, Deputy Mayor for Transport in Paris, Pex Langenberg, Vice-Mayor for Transport in Rotterdam, European Vice-President and Commissioner for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen, and European Vice-President and Commissioner for the Energy Union Maros Sefcovic.

The technical parallel sessions feature in-depth presentations and discussions on urban transport solutions selected through an open call in view of their degree of innovation and their ability to meet the sustainable mobility policy needs of cities and regions.

Participants include members of Polis, i.e. transport practitioners and policy makers of local and regional authorities from across Europe; transport professionals and decision makers from other public authorities; representatives of the transport industry, transport researchers & consultants; and high-level representatives and experts from the European institutions. Last year’s Polis conference in Rotterdam welcomed around 500 participants.

Mor more information, please visit the conference website

Rethinking the Urban Environment: The EU Transition towards Smart Cities

Brussels, Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre, Belgium 09 November 2017

This international symposium will provide an invaluable opportunity to engage with recent policy developments at EU level and scrutinise the future of smart cities globally. It will also enable delegates to analyse recent technological developments and suitable funding opportunities which can underpin the success of future transitions. The event will bring together representatives from the EU and national institutions, the private sector and the civil society  to share best practice and provide a broad range of perspectives.

According to the European Commission, cities are key contributors to national socio-economic and environmental performance. In the EU-28, about 70% of the population lives in urban areas, and this share is expected to further increase in the future. Furthermore, cities consume about 80% of the energy produced in the EU and generate up to 85% its GDP. It is thus pivotal to create an urban development plan that is both economically viable and environmentally sustainable. The growing “smart cities” movement aims at addressing these issues by rethinking the city according to a new paradigm of development. 

In 2012 the European Commission launched the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC), with the objective of supporting the implementation of smart-city solutions. The EIP-SCC Roadmap 2017 “Supporting Action Clusters’ Initiatives to deliver business cases and scale them up" identifies the key targets of collaboration among local authorities, industries, financiers and other key stakeholders, and includes key actions to assist different kinds of projects in their pilot phase for 2018, with the aim to replicate successful solutions in 2019. Additionally the Pact of Amsterdam, agreed upon by the EU Ministers in charge of urban matters on 30 May 2016, established the Urban Agenda for the EU, seeking to improve the quality of life in urban areas through dedicated Partnerships on concrete priority themes.

Achieving overall sustainability through smart cities requires a holistic problem-solving approach, integrating the most appropriate technologies, policy measures and funding sources. This would allow us to modify consumption patterns, improve energy production and distribution systems, increase efficiency in buildings and shift to different means of transportation. In this context, renewable energy sources, smart grids, building retrofitting and sustainable design, and public transport optimisation, all have a major role to play in fostering the transition, whilst the ability of digital tools to harness data from urban environments can be a key driver of future innovation.

For more information, please visit the conference website

6th International Conference "Towards a Humane City"

Novi Sad, Serbia 26 - 27 October 2017

The main theme of the conference will be "Smart Mobility – Synergy Between Sustainable Mobility and New Technologies".  The goal is to incite new forms of dealing with contemporary problems and initiate common actions which will lead to a new dimension of planning and faster affirmation of smart mobility in Southeast Europe cities and towns.

In the previous decade modern technological innovations have been successfully implemented in the field of transportation resulting in a significant change of travel demands and measures in traffic management systems. This conference target is to try together to find answers to the following questions: How to adapt introduction of certain technological innovations, regulations and economic measures, to local conditions, how to justify, fasten and institutionalise them? Which are their advantages and disadvantages? How to adapt educations system to those intensive changes? How to incite the development and competitiveness of the economy in this field in Southeast Europe cities and towns?

This time the conference wants to show that “smart city” means “intelligent mobility” in all aspects of sustainability. It is the precondition of economic prosperity, social equality and environmental quality.

For more information, please visit the conference website

World café session by EU SUMP projects

Torres Vedras, Portugal 27 September 2017

During the Civitas Forum at Torres Vedras (Portugal) the three ongoing SUMP consortia will join forces and organise an afternoon ( 15-16.30 pm) Word Café session.  The proposed World Café session will look at:

  1. Developing strategies for integrated mobility planning covering the functional urban area by developing new governance models for mobility planning at the local, regional and national level 
  2. Making the current SUMP process meaningful to small and medium-sized cities from an economic perspective.

Short presentations will be linked to close interaction between participants and hands-on exercises in small groups in the form of a World Café. On the one hand, this session will encourage direct exchange between cities and mobility practitioners on planning tools and methodologies that are meaningful to small and mid-sized cities, and practical solutions for enhancing sustainable mobility in functional urban areas of larger cities on the other hand.

This session will be organised collectively by the three ongoing CIVITAS SUMP projects PROSPERITY, SUITS and SUMPs-Up, thus providing for a great resource in selection of speakers and case examples, as well as for a preparation of the interactive workshop format. Moreover, as integrated planning is a topic in many of the other (non-)CIVITAS projects, an outlook towards cities that are testing innovative sustainable mobility solutions is being explored.

Looking back at the 4th SUMP Conference in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, Croatia

The more than 400 participants at the latest SUMP Conference were able to evaluate their experience by an online questionnaire.   Generally spoken we had a very fruitful and higly appreciated conference.

 Some key results:

  • 95 % were satisfied and will recommend the conference to friends/collegues 
  • 98 % of the respondents were satisfied by the ‘quality level’ provided 
  • 71 % were there for the first time  (bringing the idea of SUMP to the Balkan region was successful) 

Presentations, session summaries and key messages can be found at the Eltis, Urban Mobility Platform website.  

Join us at the 5th European SUMP Conference in Nicosia, Cyprus. (Date to be announced soon)